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United Philanthropy Forum welcomes your questions and concerns. We will make every effort to respond to your inquiry in a timely manner. If our response will take longer to prepare, we will let you know when you can expect it.

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Ivana Bikombe

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Ivana Bikombe

Ivana Bikombe

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Operations & Membership Manager

Contact Ivana for assistance with any scheduling requests for our President or with any matters related to the Forum’s general office operations, membership services and benefits, and annual Forum research. She is also a good initial point of contact for general inquiries or if you aren’t sure who to contact on the Forum team to address your particular question or need.

Ivana Bikombe joined the United Philanthropy Forum in April 2019 as the Administrative Associate. Prior to this role, she served as the Executive Assistant for the Boston-based nonprofit organization Smart from the Start where she managed the daily administrative operations. Ivana graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University. During her time at BU, she interned at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General.
Tirrea Billings

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Tirrea Billings

Tirrea Billings

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Senior Communications Manager

Tirrea Billings is the Forum's Senior Communications Manager. Tirrea brings to the Forum over six years of experience in social justice communications. Before joining the Forum, she was a Communications Manager on the Marketing & Storytelling team at Color Of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization. There, she lead communications strategies and managed day-to-day earned media and programming for key culture and entertainment campaigns across the Hollywood, music, and fashion industries. Additionally, Tirrea has worked as a communications and media consultant for social justice nonprofits and advocacy organizations, including the Democracy Collaborative, U.S. Department of Arts & Culture, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, FoodLab Detroit, and the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Tirrea has also been a fellow at Aubin Pictures, American Bridge 21st Century, and the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

Tirrea's career as a storyteller started with docu-style video production under Reflct Media, a company she co-founded. Since, she's been committed to leveraging her skills in media and communications to help social justice organizations, activists, educators, and campaigns maximize their impact through storytelling and digital strategy. Making certain that underrepresented voices also have a seat at the table and a chance to be heard lies at the heart of her work. Tirrea has a B.A. in Film/Video/Media Studies and an M.A. in Communication from Western Michigan University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. at American University in Communication with an emphasis on media, technology, and democracy. 

Nate Borek

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Nate Borek

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Senior Public Policy Associate

Contact Nate about inquiries and opportunities regarding federal or state public policy, advocacy, and government relations for philanthropy, as well as the Forum’s Foundations on the Hill event and the Philanthropy + Policy Institute capacity-building initiative. 

Nate Borek is the Forum’s Senior Public Policy Associate. Nate brings over eight years of public policy, community outreach, and communications experience to their current role. Prior to joining the Forum, they were an Outreach and Administrative Associate with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Community Development and Regional Outreach Department. Nate led engagement with rural stakeholders and developed programming highlighting equitable revitalization resources for workforce transitions, capital and investments, and place-based tourism and small businesses. Prior to joining the Philadelphia Fed, they were a Communications and Development Analyst at the Indianapolis Art Center, a community-based arts nonprofit. 

Nate has a master’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, for which their capstone studies focused on the role of trauma-informed services for community engagement and neighborhood reinvestment. They also have a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Philosophy from Butler University. Nate became passionate about mission-driven nonprofit community organizations while working to support their undergraduate studies as a part-time substitute in a Head Start funded nationally recognized early childhood education center.

Matthew L Evans

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Matthew L Evans

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Senior Director of Public Policy

Contact Matthew about inquiries and opportunities regarding federal or state public policy, advocacy, and government relations for philanthropy, as well as the Forum’s Foundations on the Hill event and the Philanthropy + Policy Institute capacity-building initiative. You can also contact Matthew about the Forum's Public Policy Peer Community and the Forum's ongoing efforts to bring a racial equity lens to our policy work.

Matthew L. Evans is the Forum’s Senior Director of Public Policy. Matthew brings to the Forum more than 16 years of public policy and government relations experience and has been instrumental in the Forum's expansion of its public policy work. Specifically, Matthew has led the push toward incorporating the idea of philanthropy using its collective voice and influence to address issues that impact communities and promote systems change via active engagement in the advocacy and public policy process.

Prior to joining the Forum, he was Director of Public Policy & Special Projects for the Southeastern Council of Foundations (now Philanthropy Southeast), where he worked to ensure the legislative and regulatory success of the philanthropic sector in the South. Before he began leading advocacy efforts on behalf of the philanthropic sector, most of Matthew's professional career has been shaped in Washington, D.C., having held multiple positions that gave him direct experience in working with elected officials, corporations, and associations, leading advocacy efforts for several national organizations.

Throughout his time in philanthropy, Matthew has served on the public policy committees of the Forum, Independent Sector, and the Council on Foundations. Currently, he is the Vice Chair of the Nonprofit VOTE Board of Directors and serves as a member of the organization's National Leadership Council. He also is a member of the Funders Census Initiative Leadership team. Matthew holds an Executive Certificate in Philanthropic Leadership from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tennessee State University, an HBCU in Nashville, Tennessee.

Brandon Iracks-Edelin

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Brandon Iracks-Edelin

Brandon Iracks-Edelin

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Senior Program Associate

Contact Brandon about the philanthropy field calendar, and coordinating the distribution of content in the Forum’s communications channels.

Brandon joined the Forum in June 2018 as a Newman's Own Foundation Fellow and joined the Forum staff as Communications & Program Associate in June 2019. Throughout his time at Sewanee: The University of the South, Brandon took on multiple leadership roles and internship positions that focused on advocating sustainable change with social issues such as equity, diversity, and inclusion. He served as president of the Student Government and previously served as president of the African American Alliance. He received a Posse Foundation Full-Tuition Leadership Merit Scholarship for 2014-2018. Brandon’s work as an undergraduate student sparked his interest in gaining a better understanding of how philanthropic serving organizations develop and operate. Brandon has attained his BA in psychology and earned his creative writing certificate.
Courtney Moore

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Courtney Moore

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Senior Director of Member Services

Contact Courtney for general information about Forum membership and services, program logistics, member surveys, and onboarding for new staff.

Courtney Moore joined the Forum in 2006 as an intern and currently serves as Senior Director of Member Services. Over her more than 15 years with the Forum, Courtney’s role has expanded to include onboarding new members, website and newsletter content, Salesforce management and training, and program and conference logistics. Courtney has a BA from American University.

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Brooke Elizabeth Petit

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Senior Manager of Knowledge Services

Contact Brooke with support requests related to the collective technology platform, new Knowledge Management Collaborative partner onboarding and available support resources for the Drupal-Salesforce platform.

Brooke joined the Forum as a Senior Associate, and her role as since expanded to Manager and now Senior Manager of Knowledge Services. Brooke is a seasoned technical project manager and certified Salesforce Administrator with experience in requirements gathering, risk management, project resourcing, configuration, implementation, training, and documentation.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Providence College, where she graduated Cum Laude. As a full-time student Brooke was an American Savings Foundation Robert T. Kenney Scholar and initiated her nonprofit career with program, development, and communications internships. Brooke continued her nonprofit career in the PSO sector as Connecticut Council for Philanthropy's Special Projects Manager and Philanthropy Colorado's Member Engagement and Program Manager. Before joining the Forum, Brooke gained deep development communications experience during her tenure at Colorado Public Radio pursuing Colorado Public Radio’s ambitious fundraising communications goals specifically for #GivingTuesday and Calendar Year-End campaigns.

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Val Rozansky

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VP of Knowledge Services

Contact Val with questions about the Forum's Knowledge Management Collaborative, knowledge services programs, vendor partnerships, membership databases, and any issues relating to technology, integrations, and/or electronic communications.

Val Rozansky is Vice President of Knowledge Services at United Philanthropy Forum with nearly 20 years of experience in the organization. Val leads the efforts to develop, expand and support an interactive technology platform built on integrated Salesforce and Drupal solutions that leverages the intellectual assets of the Forum and advances its knowledge-sharing efforts.

Val previously worked for the Microsoft Corporation as a market development strategist for .NET and bCentral teams in the EMEA markets. Prior positions include knowledge management consulting for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank.

Val received his BA, magna cum laude with High Honors from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Masters in Strategic Technology Management from CERAM School of Business (France) and University of Stirling (UK).

Traci Slater-Rigaud

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Traci Slater-Rigaud

Traci Slater-Rigaud

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Senior Director of Member Engagement & Partnerships

Contact Traci for Forum’s member educational and networking opportunities, including the Forum’s Annual Conference, Peer Communities, webinars and other educational programs. You can also contact Traci regarding the Forum's ongoing work to embed and advance racial equity through both external programming and resources for members and internal learning for staff.

Traci Slater-Rigaud is the Director of Member Engagement & Partnerships at the United Philanthropy Forum. Prior to coming to the Forum, Traci served as the Director of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for over 12 years, most recently under the Obama administration. She is the former Program Coordinator for Arts in Education with the National PTA where she managed the Reflections Program. Before the National PTA, Traci was the Curator of Education at Miami Art Museum. Her background also includes the role of Public Programs Manager at the Baltimore Museum of Art. She currently serves on the board for the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) as well as a member of the Arts & Advocacy Curatorial Committee for the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE).

At the core of every endeavor throughout her career is catalyzing racial equity and social justice through the arts and philanthropy. Traci holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science and a Masters of Arts in Art Education, both from the University of Cincinnati.

 

Kim Snipes

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Kim Snipes

Kim Snipes

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Director of Knowledge Services

Contact Kim with questions and support queries related to the collective technology platform, Managed Solution agreements, custom development, reporting, and integrated/streamlined mass mailing and surveying tools.

Most recently, Kim served as the director of operations at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, a philanthropy-serving organization for the state of Maryland. During her 11-year tenure she was responsible for designing and managing the internal processes that supported the engagement of a diverse network of philanthropies, stakeholders and partners across Maryland. She led the development, implementation and management of the Association’s Drupal-Salesforce platform and worked closely with the entire team to design and support all direct member engagement efforts. Additionally, she served on the Forum’s Knowledge Management Collaborative’s Advisory Group, Salesforce Working Group and presented at Dreamforce in 2013 and is a Certified Salesforce Administrator.

She graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, MA with a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies and holds a M.S. in Women’s Studies from Towson University. She joined the Forum team in October 2018.

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